Inside Out

I'm a Mother, Not a Baby Machine

By Judy Brown (Eishes Chayil)

Motherhood is a beautiful thing. But not every woman (or man) is cut out to be a parent to eight or 10 children. Forcing them to do so is to breed dysfunction, unhappiness and abuse.Read More


By Judy Brown (Eishes Chayil)

A jury declared Nechemya Weberman, a respected member of the ultra-Orthodox community, to be a criminal. Abuse survivors, many of whom live in silence, breathed a sigh of relief.Read More

Eilenberg's Beard

By Judy Brown (Eishes Chayil)

INSIDE OUT: Eilenberg trimmed his beard on Tuesday. He was so ashamed to have violated the Torah’s prohibition on shaving that he did not leave home again until Friday.Read More

Gentiles at the Gates

By Judy Brown (Eishes Chayil)

Life in Brooklyn’s Boro Park was once simple. There was the inside and the outside and an impenetrable wall in between. Then came the Internet, and everything changed.Read More

Sexuality on Sesame Street

By Judy Brown (Eishes Chayil)

When Judy Brown first watched “Sesame Street,” she was appalled to see tush-shaking on the show. But it made her realize she wanted to raise her daughter to be proud of her body.Read More

The Loss

By Judy Brown (Eishes Chayil)

INSIDE OUT: For most, leaving the Orthodox world is a form of survival. You leave because you can’t stay. And suddenly there is an enormous void. You are utterly alone.Read More

The Sun Is a Star

By Judy Brown (Eishes Chayil)

Judy Brown’s friend once told her that the sun is really a star. It spurred an exploration of science and evolution, which ultimately tugged her away from her Orthodox faith.Read More

A Woman's Spirituality, Measured by Hosiery

By Judy Brown (Eishes Chayil)

Judy Brown explains the Hasidic preference for beige pantyhose and what it means. The ‘Hush’ author begins a series on her spiritual journey away from the community.Read More

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